Climb Koh Phi Phi
Phi Phi has
more routes in the lower grades than Railay & Tonsai. There are
currently 61 rebolted routes of which 21 routes are grade 6a or lower
and 8 routes are graded 6b. On Ton Sai Tower, there are 22 routes graded
6b or lower. A must-do multi-pitch climb is Happy Banana (6c) on
Hin Tak wall, very exposed climbing in a great location, this route
is equipped with glue-in bolts. Harder climbing routes are found on Drinking wall,
on which all routes were rebolted in 2005.
Phi Phi has recovered so well from the tsunami that it is yet again inundated by tourists every high season. Many climbers won't like the night-time noise or the high prices on Phi Phi, click here for more information on Phi Phi.
Birthplace of Thai Climbing
Koh Phi Phi is the birthplace of rock climbing in
Thailand. The first rock climbers came here in the 1980s to open new rock climbing routes.
However, being in love with Thai limestone is still far from understanding
Thai limestone. On Koh Phi Phi all rock climbing routes were developed with
regular expansion bolts. The bolts rotted so fast and so badly that
climbers avoided Koh Phi Phi altogether for many years. After Railey
continued to be developed with stainless steel bolts, rock climbing
became marginalised on Phi Phi. This changed in the year 2000 as a group
of climbers started to rebolt old routes on Phi Phi and to open up new
climbs as well. Some areas have not seen any rebolting. Do not
rock climb on any routes that have not been rebolted.
Magazine Articles on Climbing in Thailand
Click here for a magazine article on climbing the Thaiwand Wall, Railay, possibly the finest tropical crag in the world. Click here for a magazine article on rock climbing safety and accidents. The bravest climbers in Thailand are the Thai guys who scale rock-faces with primitive equipment to harvest birds' nests. Click here for an article on the bird's nest collectors climbers of Thailand's Andaman coast. Click here for a magazine article about a rock-climbing trip to Koh Yao Noi.
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